Commencement ceremonies for the Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 22, in Castle Gymnasium at the school's Upper Campus. The ceremony is open to the public.
One hundred thirteen graduating seniors will take part in the program. Headmaster Lindsay Barnes will preside. Richard Braithwaite, senior class leader and Upper School English department chair, will deliver the commencement address.
About 250 parents were on campus on Thursday, October 16, for the first day of Parents Weekend. The dayʻs activities included class visits at the Middle and Upper Schools, presentations by Special Agent Arnold Laʻanui, Lewis and Clark College, and HPA guidance counselors, and lunch in the Village Campus Dining Room and in the Taylor Commons Dining Hall. Kevin MacLennan, University of Colorado, Boulder, director of admission was the featured speaker.
Senior Harmony Graziano, has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,300 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in the community and school activities.
Hawai'i Preparatory Academy seniors Mackenzie Langmade and Mailani Neal signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, April 15, in the schoolʻs Rutgers Tennis Center, with their coaches and families in attendance. Langmade will continue her tennis career at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, while teammate Neal will play at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
The Lower and Middle Schools’ annual art show, held on April 17 at the Village Campus, showcased the year’s work. The event featured student demonstrations, and a student-designed Earth Day mural for all to paint. Art teachers Janice Gail and Jane Taylor ‘68 organized the show.
Hawaii’ Preparatory Academy’s performing arts students presented their spring production, Reflections: An Evening of Song, Dance, Music, and Poetry, at 7 p.m., on April 23 and 24 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center.
About 30 Upper School students presented selections from Into the Woods, a large group dance number, several songs in other languages, and more.
This spring break, a few lucky Hawai’i Preparatory Academy (HPA) students were able to go on one of the several trips offered by the school. These students were able to visit India, one of the most exotic locations on Earth. Home to the famous Taj Mahal, India is also well known for its beautiful beaches and its vivid and vibrant culture. The HPA students stayed for 9 nights and 10 days in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Timbuktu.
The Thirty-Ninth Annual HPA Horse Show and Play Day was held on April 12 at the Hawaii Preparatory Academyʻs Upper Campus. Nancy Steinecke judged the event. Some classes were judged on the rider, so only the riderʻs name is listed. Other classes were judged on the horse and its rider, so both names are listed. Many events were timed. Results are listed below.